ideology is not thought

I was reading a book review of “Cafe Society” by Pete Hamill, and he made this observation which stopped me in the mid-sentence.
The implications of this statement are fairly vast and far reaching. How many times each day are we prisoner to our own ideologies? Politics, marketing strategies, time management, and the list goes on and on. Hamill goes on to say that ideology is actually a replacement for thought. This is equally as mind-numbing.
I think we would all be well served to do more original thinking and questioning that we do now. Many of our decisions are made on auto-pilot based on ideologies we developed years ago.
I think we would all do well to ponder F. Scott Fitzgerlad’s thought that, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”

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